Thursday, August 24, 2006
Basayev "Widow" Kidnapped
In their latest imaginative exploit, the Moscow-backed Chechen primary structures have kidnapped a female journalist, Elina Ersenoyeva, claiming that she married terrorist leader Shamil Basayev a year before his death. While there appears to be no objective evidence to support the claim, the kidnapping represents a novel, though disturbing, development in the curious, shadowy Chechen version of the war on terror.
Update: members of the journalist's family now say that their daughter was indeed secretly married to Basayev, though the marriage may have been a forced one, and the guerrilla leader was "using" her. RFE/RL has more here.